Construction criticism in Kaka'akoUPDATED 9:07 PM HST Jul 23, 2014Video Transcript
Kakaako, while lower priced housing seems to lag behind. There's new construction criticism tonight: complaints the state isn't working quickly enough to create affordable housing. KITV4's Catherine Cruz shows us... the main concern: our state could be on the verge of a housing crisis. It's all new tonight at 6. 21-33 52-58 128-138 It is full speed ahead for high end towers in Kakakao that are being developed bu the Howard Hughes corporation. But in contrast, there's been no visible movement on the more affordable reserve housing project at 401 Ward avenue. And there has been no word on the fate of 690 Pokukaina what was to have been the tallest highrise in the state offering hundreds of affordable rentals. - Lindsey Doi 750- 8:08 "-Because of the passing of house bill 1866 act 61 we hae to re elvauate the design proposal given the height restriction so we are still going ahead and doing that. however HCDA is still commited to providing these low income affordable units." Lawmakers at a joint legislative hearing pressed city and state housing officials about what's in the pipeline and why we cant seem to produce more units most Hawaii residents can afford. - Lauren Thielen 41:57 42:08 - "The state has invested hundreds of millions of dollars in the infrasturcure for Kakaako over the years Any developer that goes in there to build a condominuim is benefiting form a state subsidy," To be exact, the state has pumped $200 million to build sewers and roads in Kakako and Lauren THeilen believes the state should be asking developers to do more to tackle a projected houseing shortage of 50 thosuand units in 2016. And as the citys rail project takes shape Some lawmakers expessed frustration that the state isnt doing more to coordinate with the city on its transit development since the state owns most of the land around the rail stations. - Donovan Dela Cruz 40:18 - 4024 - "My concern is the tail is wagging the dog you are having the agencies have their own plan rather than you folks saying we are going to approach this from a statewide perspective " The further along they are, you are losing opportunites." Delacruz doesnt think there's any sense o f urgency. Across town this state rental projects for seniors is up and running There are other plans for lofts in Kakakao, and on this block on Cooke street there are plans for micro units-- essentially studios with murphy beds. But when some 6,000 homeless are on the streets or in emergency shelters on any given night lawmakers say we need to do alot more, alot faster. In fairness administrators werent prepared to talk about transit development and housing plans today. But they did say it was likely the more affordable housing units would be in the Iwilei area in the urban core. Back to you. Paula Yunji?